High Adventure Part Two

From GDP/57 James Bennetts Williams James Bennetts Williams (1856-1924) worked in the Cornish tin mines. During the latter decades of the nineteenth century, the tin-mining industry in Cornwall went into decline. Looking for work, Williams emigrated to Bolivia. Here, he describes his arrival in Montevideo whilst en route. Wednesday October 24 1883 I got up about 1/2 past 3 A.M. but it was very cold they weighted anchor about 4 & we are now right in front of the city. There are lots of ships in the harbour, there is an arm of land runs right out into the river [...]

2013-07-26T13:31:47+00:00By |Latest News|

High Adventures

From GDP/57 James Bennetts Williams James Bennetts Williams (1856-1924) worked in the Cornish tin mines. During the latter decades of the nineteenth century, the tin-mining industry in Cornwall went into decline. Looking for work, Williams emigrated to Bolivia. Here, he describes the voyage. October 3 1883 We stayed on deck until dark last night & then went below & turned in but could not sleep for a long time, there was such a chatter with the foreigners, we were awoke early this morning with some one playing a music could not sleep after. I had a wash & went out [...]

2013-07-19T12:33:17+00:00By |Latest News|

Cornwall to Bolivia… for dinner

From GDP/57 James Bennetts Williams James Bennetts Williams (1856-1924) worked in the Cornish tin mines. During the latter decades of the nineteenth century, the tin-mining industry in Cornwall went into decline. Looking for work, Williams emigrated to Bolivia. In this entry, he describes his departure from England. September 26 1883 Got up just before 7 A.M. I took a walk up the street & bought a card to send home to my wife then came back and had a good breakfast. I went up to see the Museum &c. & bought a cup to take with me. Finished my letter [...]

2018-11-29T12:36:03+00:00By |Collections, Latest News|

Circumstantial without doubt

From GDP/52 GF GF (1901-1982) was a young barrister in 1926. In the summer of that year, he was a marshal (assistant) to a judge riding a circuit of assize courts in the South-West of England. Here, he describes a murder trial in Winchester. This entry is unusual in that the diarist does not often go into detail about his legal work in his diary. 7 July 1926 This is very nearly the end of Winchester, and very very sorry am I. We go to-morrow. There are three more cases left but they will be over by lunch time and [...]

2018-11-29T12:36:03+00:00By |Collections, Latest News|